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Canberra High-Rise Development Scaled Back Due to Potential Traffic Impact

Canberra, Australia – 15 August 2017

Canberra residents have successfully lobbied for a proposed residential tower in Gungahlin to be scaled back, following fears of its impact on the neighborhood.

Gungahlin Community Council Vice President Henley Samuel said the community was grateful that the developer listened to their feedback.

“Our concern is about the density of that entire block and the impact that would have on traffic,” Samuel said. “Traffic is already a major concern for everyone in Gungahlin. It’s particularly bad in that corridor along Gundaroo Drive.”

The Air Towers development was reportedly set to become the tallest residential tower in Gungahlin, comprising two 26-story residential towers and an eight-story adjacent building. The development’s residential features were to include a function center, two high-end restaurants, a sky park, a gym, and a sauna.

The new proposal scales the heights of both towers back to 18 stories. While the development would have housed about 300 apartments and 600 on-site car parks, those numbers now must be adjusted.

Representatives from Empire Global, the company behind the controversial project, met with residents this week to present an amended proposal.

For more on this story, go to The Urban Developer.

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